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Jacques Hilpert watercolor album

Identifier: MSE/MD-6418

Scope and Contents

Watercolor album by a young Jacques Hilpert. The album consists of twenty-four leaves plus one partial leaf of watercolors (rectos only) over pencil sketches, most of which are signed. The sketches represent street scenes, cafés, and restaurants during la Belle Epoque, with workers, waiters, cyclists, gendarmes, soldiers, well-dressed ladies and gentlemen. The album is sewn in paper wrappers and has a manuscript inscription by the artist "Peint par Jacques Hilpert 15 ans ½" on the front cover.


  • Creation: 1896


Language of Materials

Chiefly visual content with artist's inscription and limited text in French.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for material is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

The artist Jacques Émile Marie Joseph Hilpert (1881-1952) was 15 and a half years old at the time he created this album, as indicated by a handwritten inscription on the cover. Hilpert became a successful artist and specialized in military art, in particular that of the Napoleonic era. He served in the First World War as a reserve captain and returned to civilian life in 1919. His later work consists of numerous illustrations produced for periodicals and historical works, as well as watercolors.


1 Volumes (24 leaves + 1 partial leaf ) : illustrations ; 15 cm x 20 cm x 0.4 cm

Physical Description

Sewn in paper wrappers and signed by artist. Watercolors on rectos only. One leaf is partially cut.

Daniela Rovida
April 18, 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556